An Ensemble piece for three Violins and Piano with alt Viola


STANDARD: Moderate


Running time: 2 min 14

  • What you will receive....

    Your download will contain the score and parts in PDF format, an audio file in MP3 format of a full performance of the piece, and a piano backing track to aid rehearsal and preparation for performance!


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  • About the piece



    Picture a frozen Scandinavian landscape: a dark grey sky, a covering of white, wintry trees with their branches bowing down with the weight of the snow. We watch as an occasional isolated bird swoops down low…




    Written for three violins and piano, this piece can be played by single string players or more than one to a part. In fact it might be useful to have more than one player on each part because it would help to fill out the pizzicato lines and the tremolo sections, which may be too quiet if the players are tentative. There can be safety in numbers!


    There is an optional viola part that can be played in place of the third violin part. This third part is very simple note wise, but not unimportant. In the middle section from bar 31, the third part comes into its own with a simple yet soaring line which should be played out over the other two parts.


    ‘Winter Bites’ can be played using the recorded piano part as the piano moves along continuously and helps to keep the beat. If it was to be performed in this way then for the most beginner players, a conductor or director would help. In the case of there being no conductor, the silent bar at bar 30 could perhaps be missed out to keep the performance on track with the piano playback.




    Written in D Minor, it features tremolo and pizzicato, possibly new techniques for the beginner string players. The rhythm is simple, minims and crochets. I labelled it as being Moderate in standard - technically it should be possible for players of Grade 3, but I felt it needed a little more maturity and experience to get together, to create a great performance.


    I called the tempo marking ‘Brittle’ - this was to indicate, as well as the tempo, the style of playing: short and spiky, indicating ice and cold.